(1993) Hot Hands

Ray Barretto & New World Spirit

... read moreConcord Jazz did a smashing job on Hot Hands of reissuing two stellar yet under-the-radar Latin jazz albums by Ray Barretto's New World Spirit ensemble of the 1990s. Hot Hands consists of Ancestral Messages, first released in 1993, and Taboo, which was issued the following year. The connection...

01:50′:35″ 20 Songs

Disk 1

1
New World Spirit (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:26
2
Song For Chano (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:47
3
Freedom Jazz Dance (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
7:46
4
On A Sunday Afternoon (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
4:51
5
Beautiful Love (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:38
6
Killer Joe (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:46
7
Aqua Blue (Pour Etienne Et Mario) (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:22
8
Gabriela (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:16
9
My Latin New York (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
4:37
10
Ancestral Messages (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:56

Disk 2

1
Taboo (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
6:20
2
Bomba-Riquen (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
4:03
3
Work Song (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
6:11
4
Cancion De'l Yunque (Song For The Rain Forest) (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:24
5
Guaji-Rita (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:42
6
99 Macdougal St. (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:34
7
Montuno Blue (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
6:05
8
Brother Tom (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:03
9
Lazy Afternoon (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
4:12
10
Effendi (Album Version)
Ray Barretto & New World Spirit
5:36
Released 01 January 1993, This Compilation ℗ 1993 Concord Records, Inc.

Review

Concord Jazz did a smashing job on Hot Hands of reissuing two stellar yet under-the-radar Latin jazz albums by Ray Barretto's New World Spirit ensemble of the 1990s. Hot Hands consists of Ancestral Messages, first released in 1993, and Taboo, which was issued the following year. The connection between the two albums goes deeper than chronology. The former is a look back over Barretto's many influences in both Latin Soul, salsa and Afro-Cuban music, and the latter is a new articulation of those influences, resulting in what the percussionist himself called his "most organic album." These are the first two records released by his truly great New World Spirit band, which seeded in equal parts the salsa and tough hard-bop and bebop jazz that Barretto loved. Both albums are loaded with chops, brilliant charts, and deft, even astonishing soloing in places; and then of course there are the rhythms which are so complex yet completely acccessible and addictive, one has to dance. Ray Vega, the great trumpet player, is present on both recordings as are Hector Martignon on piano and drummer Satoshi Takeishi. The price is right and the sound is warm and bright. This is highly recommended for anyone interested in Barretto's final creative period (of many), where his complete genius was on full display. ~ Thom Jurek